2011 FIU Panthers football team

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2011 FIU Panthers football
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2011 record 8–5 (5–3 Sun Belt)
Head coach Mario Cristobal (5th year)
Offensive coordinator Scott Satterfield
Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando
Home stadium FIU Stadium
(Capacity: 18,000)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State   8 0         10 3  
WKU   7 1         7 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   6 2         9 4  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
North Texas   4 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 5         4 8  
Troy   2 6         3 9  
Middle Tennessee   1 7         2 10  
Florida Atlantic   0 8         1 11  
† – Conference champion
As of January 9, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 FIU Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Golden Panthers were led by fifth-year head coach Mario Cristobal and played their home games at FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida. They are members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in Sun Belt play to finish in fourth place. They were invited to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl where they were defeated by Marshall 10–20.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 PM North Texas FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPN3 W 41–16   17,568
September 9 7:00 PM at Louisville* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPN W 24–17   47,228
September 17 6:00 PM UCF* FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN3 W 17–10   20,205
September 24 6:00 PM Louisiana–Lafayette FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN3 L 31–36   16,780
October 1 7:00 PM Duke*dagger FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPNU L 27–31   22,682
October 8 2:00 PM at Akron* InfoCision Stadium – Summa FieldAkron, OH W 27–17   16,016[1]
October 18 8:00 PM at Arkansas State ASU StadiumJonesboro, AR ESPN2 L 16–34   15,573
October 25 8:00 PM Troy FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN2 W 23–20 OT  15,852
November 5 4:00 PM at Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY L 9–10   15,293
November 12 6:00 PM Florida Atlantic FIU Stadium • Miami, FL (Shula Bowl X) W 41–7   17,378
November 19 4:00 PM at Louisiana–Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 28–17   10,587
November 26 3:30 PM at Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN W 31–18   10,227
December 20 8:00 PM vs. Marshall* Tropicana FieldSaint Petersburg, FL (Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl) ESPN L 10–20   20,072
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time[2].

Attendance record[edit]

The UCF game broke attendance records at FIU Stadium with a crowd of 20,205. This record was again broken two weeks later at the FIU Homecoming game versus Duke University on October 1, 2011, with a crowd of 22,628. Additionally, the Goodyear Blimp made its first appearance at FIU Stadium, flying over the stadium throughout the Duke homecoming game. The iconic Miami Tower in Downtown Miami was lit in blue and gold throughout the week of September 26, 2011 to October 1, 2011 in honor of FIU's homecoming.[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Duke University[edit]

FIU played against Duke University on October 1, 2011 at the FIU Homecoming at FIU Stadium. FIU lost 27–31 in a game where FIU had 589 total yards compared to Duke's 323.

Marshall (Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 7 3 0 0 10
Marshall 3 7 0 10 20

The Golden Panthers, going bowling for the second year in a row, are led by sophomore running back Kedrick Rhodes with 1,121 rushing yards in a season, ranks second in school history. Rhodes has also caught 26 passes for 248 yards in the passing game.


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